May 13, 2003

AUSTRALIAN journalists are grimly provincial:

AUSTRALIAN journalists are grimly provincial:

Sure, you can take the men and women of the Canberra press gallery from the national capital and send them to London, Washington or wherever. However, it is much more difficult to remove Australian national politics and all that from their journalistic focus. Even at a time of a genuine big story.

Last Wednesday, at a media conference at 10 Downing Street, Tony Blair and John Howard made comments about Iraq, Zimbabwe and the British-US relationship. But Canberra press gallery members were given a rare opportunity to quiz Britain's Prime Minister in the presence of Howard about some of the major issues of the day.

Did they take advantage of this opportunity? Of course not. Next time, send bloggers.

Posted by Tim Blair at May 13, 2003 02:57 AM